It is a truth universally acknowledged among writers that the first line of your novel must sock readers right where it counts.

This week Monday and Wednesday in #litchat we’re discussing first lines and openings.

Monday, July 29, we’ll look at Joe Fassler’s piece in The Atlantic, “This Did Something Powerful to Me“: Authors’ Favorite First Lines of Books. We’ll discuss these examples and give our own examples of favorite first lines.

Read the chatscript for #litchat Favorite First Lines of Novels here.

Wednesday, July 31, we’re delving deeper into what makes a great opening line with writing craft and inspiration from the following resources.

Eight Resources for Writing Great First Lines

Why Stephen King Spends “Months and Even Years” Writing Opening Sentences Joe Fassler, The Atlantic

Components of a Good Opening Scene Joseph Bates, Writing World

Famous First Lines Reveal How to Start a Novel Zachary Petit, Writer’s Digest

Three Ways to a Killer Opening Line Diane O’Connell, Write To Sell Your Book

The Most Important Sentence: How to Write a Killer Opening Christopher Jackson, Fuel Your Writing

How to Write a Great Opening Line Chuck Sambuchino, Writer’s Digest

Opening Chapters Darcy Pattison, Fiction Notes

Deconstruct Your First Line A Writing Exercise from The Breakout Novelist by Donald Maass, reprinted by Writer’s Digest  

If you have a resource for writing killer opening lines, please post it in the comments below.

Friday, August 2, in #litchat we’ll chat with Beth Hoffman, author of Looking for Me and Saving CeCe Honeycutt.

See what other authors are scheduled to visit #litchat in the coming weeks: Coming Up in LitChat